U.K. to Pay People on Low Incomes If Self-Isolating in Pandemic
U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the government will pay workers on low incomes 13 pounds ($17) a day if they are self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic.
The payments will begin on a trial basis from Sept. 1 in Blackburn with Darwen, Pendle and Oldham, areas of northwest England that currently have additional social distancing-rules in place to contain local Covid-19 outbreaks, the Department for Health said in a statement.
Boris Johnson’s government has been under pressure to boost support for people who are forced to self-isolate after testing positive for Covid-19 or who come into contact with a confirmed case. Without financial help, there is a risk that staff will continue to work, potentially contributing to a new spike in the virus that could again cause parts of the economy to shut down.
“We need to make sure the systems work and we need to get money to people fast,” Hancock told the BBC on Thursday when asked why the payment program is limited to a trial to begin with. “We’ll see how that goes, we’ll get the feedback, with the potential to roll it out further.”
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